The Origins of the National Christian Counselors Association

In 1981, Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno established the National Christian Counselors Association (N.C.C.A.) as a non-profit corporation in order to conduct research and develop a therapeutic procedure based on Scripture. The procedure would accomplish three essential goals:

  • Enable the candidate to learn the system easily and relatively quickly

  • Save pastors and Christian counselors precious time in counseling sessions

  • Produce effective, positive, and more immediate results with those being counseled

Drs. Arno developed the system over seven years through systematic research with over 5,000 individuals. The counselees sought help for depression, inter/intra-personal conflict, marriage and family dysfunctions, and anxiety.

The purpose of the research was to: (1) increase the effectiveness of the N.C.C.A.’s therapeutic procedure; (2) measure the percentage of success within a controlled environment, and (3) develop an accurate clinical testing procedure for initial identification of the counselee’s temperament (spiritual genetics). The N.C.C.A. named its analysis procedure the Temperament Analysis Profile (T.A.P.), which reveals the “hidden problems” that might normally take the counselor seven or eight sessions to identify.

In November 2000 the N.C.C.A. changed the name from the Temperament Analysis Profile to the Arno Profile System (A.P.S.) in honor of its developers. Presently, over 5,000 pastors and professional counselors rely on the Arno Profile System to aid them in their counseling efforts. These counselors report an accuracy rate of over ninety percent (90%) in identifying an individual’s correct (in-born, God-given) temperament.